Statistics A Level

Course Description

Statistics is an application of mathematics and a field of study in its own right. Our lives are influenced increasingly by statistics and knowing just how it fits into other areas of life is a definite advantage. Statistics is used in many careers, for example deciding how much of a product a supermarket needs to buy, whether or not a new drug has a positive effect on a serious illness or understanding statements and figures quoted by politicians. Most careers now require some understanding of statistics.

Entry Requirements

Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 including Mathematics and three other GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language.

Course Content

You will study topics such as Numerical Measures, Probability, Correlation, Regression, Discrete and Continuous Probability Distributions, Confidence Intervals and Hypothesis Testing. This course will provide you with a wide range of techniques for understanding and analysing data and would suit students who enjoy applying their numerate skills without as much need to employ algebraic techniques as A Level Mathematics. These are increasingly important skills in a world of constant change. The emphasis of the qualification is on understanding the implications and limitations of the various techniques in the context of practical situations. The course provides useful support for a variety of other subjects, including business, accounting, economics and many of the social science courses.


The course is assessed by three examination papers at the end of the second year.

Enrichment and Work Experience

Students within the Mathematics department enjoy various enrichment activities:
• Guest speakers from the University of Manchester
• The UK Mathematics Challenge in conjunction with the University of Leeds.
• ‘Maths Inspiration’ lectures
There is an opportunity to complete a one-week work placement in the summer term.

Additional Information

Links with other subjects:
Statistics complements many other subjects including: Biology, Geography, Psychology, Sociology, Business, Accounting and Economics.

Future Career Opportunities

Statistics is useful in many careers including actuarial science, market research, education and many areas of science.

Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?

The Mathematics Department are an enthusiastic, motivated and student focussed team who offer unfailing support for all students to accelerate learning and maximise progress.